When deciding on the right dental treatment for your teeth, it’s common to have lots of questions about what the best solution is for you. For example, how long does the treatment take? How much will it cost? Is it the right dental treatment for me?
We’re exploring what composite bonding is and what you can expect from this cosmetic dental treatment. So you have all the information you need to decide if you are a good candidate for composite bonding.
What is Composite Bonding?
Falling under cosmetic dentistry, composite bonding, also known as dental bonding, is a technique that sees a tooth-coloured material applied to your teeth. The composite resin applied to your teeth by your dentist is permanently moulded to the shape of your teeth.
Dental bonding is becoming an increasingly popular option for many who are looking to improve the overall appearance of their teeth and smile, in particular if they are chipped or cracked, or require dental teeth whitening.
What Makes You A Good Candidate for Composite Bonding?
Depending on the desired outcome for your teeth and smile, there may be a few cosmetic dental treatment options that are suited to you. Your dentist will be able to discuss the different factors that may influence the treatment option chosen.
For composite bonding, you may be suited if…
- You have a cracked, chipped, or decaying tooth
- You are looking to improve the appearance of your teeth and smile
- You need to cover an exposed tooth root
There are a few cases that may mean you’re not suitable for composite bonding which include:
- Your bite needs to be realigned, for example: you have an overbite or underbite
- Your existing natural tooth (or teeth) aren’t adequate to build up from
However, depending on the complexity of your treatment, your dentist may recommend composite bonding following another dental treatment, for example, orthodontics.
What Are The Benefits of Composite Bonding For Your Teeth?
With this cosmetic dental treatment lasting a long period of time, perhaps up to 10 years if you maintain good oral hygiene, this makes dental bonding a desirable option.
Bonding can usually be completed in just one visit to the dentist too, meaning it is a quicker and more convenient treatment for most patients. When compared to other dental treatments to improve aesthetics, cosmetic bonding is a lower cost alternative and so, the treatment is more accessible for patients as well.
Just as you do everyday, maintaining excellent oral hygiene is key following composite bonding. Your dentist will provide you with aftercare instructions however, looking after your teeth will help your bonded teeth to last for longer.
If you are looking to improve the appearance of your smile, or fix a chipped or damaged tooth, we highly recommend discussing dental bonding with your dentist. You will have a better idea about whether this treatment is the right one for you, alongside potential other options that may be suited.
We’re proud to have helped many of our patients to transform their smile with composite bonding. Explore some of our recent case studies, including Sarah’s smile makeover and James’ bonding transformation.